Materialistic Interests # Discussion Topics

The discussion section of speaking section consist of a varied range of questions. Given below are some of the questions that could be asked if the cue card is related to gifts. These questions asked are related to materialistic interests.

Do you think people have become more or less materialistic in 25 years?
I feel that people’s attitude towards materialistic things is not a state depending on time, it is more of an individual thing. For example: earlier kings and queens used to live lavishly and it was the common man who lived a simple life. The difference is that at present people have access to more luxuries and comforts which were not available in the past. The main reason being the economic progress that we have made. Apart from it, the attitude towards materialistic remains the same.
What are the things that give a sense of an honor to people these days?
Honor is very personal thing and different people feel honored by different things. Some of them get a great deal of prestige in material possessions. For example-: having a luxurious car or a bungalow. There are even some who desire for power. Giving them political power is a feeling of honor for them. There are even some who take pride in their education. Certain professions like engineers, doctors and teachers are more respected in the society.
What do you think were the things that were a status symbol in the past?
I am not sure whether material possessions were status symbol but having a lot of land surely was considered honorable in the society. Even more, political power and educated people were considered status symbol. I believe status symbol mostly remains the same throughout the ages.
Do you think that these days’ people buy a lot of things for prestige rather than genuine need?
Certainly yes. At present times people have money and often they go for luxurious items, mostly because they want others to look upon them. For example. It might be possible that a person needs a car, but when buying they will chose the one considered elite in the society.
What things, according to you, might give prestige to people in future?
I believe, even in future wealth will be a major factor. Apart from it education and advancement in technology might be something that gives honor to people. Also, I think communication abilities might give a sense of pride in future.

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Related To Gifts # Discussion Topics

Speaking section in IELTS has three parts-:

  1. General questions
  2. Cue card
  3. Discussion topics

This time we are talking about discussion topics. Discussion part of IELTS consist of questions which are usually follow up queries of part II i.e the cue card.
Let us talk about some of the questions that may be asked.


What are the benefits and drawbacks of giving and receiving gifts?
The exchange of gifts surely has advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, gifts are a token of love and appreciation. They tend to strengthen bonds and create positive feelings about you in other peoples’ mind. Even more, in the busy lives that we live, gifts could help in nurturing a relationships which might not be possible otherwise.
On the other hand, in present times, commercialization of receiving and giving gifts was taken place. It has rather become a sort of status symbol. For example-: In Diwali or id or Christmas or any other festival, people judge others on the basis of how expensive a gift is. This sometimes becomes a burden on one’s budget.
What kinds of gifts would men, women and children generally like to receive?
We all are unique individuals and have our own set of unique tastes. However, generally women prefer ornaments or clothes while receiving gifts. Some of them even like household appliances and handicrafts. Men, on the other hand, usually like electronic gadgets like phones or watches. There are even who prefer expensive pens or books etc. children are mostly attracted to toys and video games. They even love chocolates and other eatables.
What changes have been seen in past in receiving and giving gifts?
There have been some major changes in our lifestyle since the past 50 years. With the rise of economy, people have more money and more reasons to celebrate. In earlier times, gifts were exchanged only in special occasions like marriages. However, in present times, gifts have become a part of our lives and a very frequent affair. People can be seen exchanging gifts in occasions like birthdays, anniversary, success in exams etc.
Whose gifts do you treasure the most?
I am always grateful for a gift, no matter who has given is. But the ones that I treasure the most are those which are given out of pure love. For example-: recently my brother made a card for me describing relationship. Although, it wasn’t expensive but it was priceless and has been one of the best gifts I have ever got.


Recent IELTS Exam Questions Trend

Recent IELTS Exam Questions Trend


  1. Some people are of the opinion that hard work is the key factor for success in life while others believe that other factors such as money, luck etc play a major role in deciding a persons’ success. Discuss both the sides and give your opinion.
  2. Some children start school at the age of four while others at the age of seven.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting school at the age of four or early?
    How to the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?


  1. Do you have a personal room in your house? Do you like it?
  2. Which is your favorite room in your house?
  3. Would you like to change your house? Why/why not?

Describe an advertisement that persuaded you to buy a product. You must say-:

  • Where did you saw the advertisement?
  • what was the advertisement about?
  • Why did you liked it?


  • Give your opinion about advertising world.
  • What kind of advertisement are shown in your country?
  • If you were the telecommunication minister of your country, what changes would you make, if any, in the advertising companies?

So, what are you waiting for. Go on practice them; maybe you get similar questions.

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